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Cultural Mapping for Social Change

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number CLI-UG1422
Section 001
Instructor Jaime Martinez
Days Mon
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


Where do forces of gentrification intersect with grassroots efforts to preserve the cultural identity of a marginalized community? How are demographics used as a tool by political activists to organize campaigns? How is mapping being used in campaigns to affect social change? This course explores how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a powerful application in mapping technology, as a tool for cultural documentation, community engagement, and public policy analysis. We will explore the effectiveness of GIS as a mapping tool to help understand historical patterns of demographics, and empower community members to become informed citizens in the decision-making process. Specific skills we'll learn include how to geocode addresses, do a spatial analysis, and use census data to map the racial and income composition of New York neighborhoods. You will also work with local community based organizations to understand how community non-profits are using GIS mapping as a tool for research and strategic planning.

Course Type

Community Learning Courses (CLI-UG)

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